2011 NFL Draft Results: Buccaneers Take Da'Quan Bowers, Steal or Bust?

Dave MorrisonSenior Writer IApril 29, 2011

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Da'Quan Bowers with the 51st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Bowers fell to late in the second round because of concerns over his knee, which underwent surgery after his last season at Clemson. 

Bowers fell out of the first round in most mock drafts after the surgery and a less than spectacular pro day. However, on the field Bowers was a beast of a player and is known to have a lot of heart—I wouldn't bet against him.

The Bucs may have gotten the steal of the draft if he is indeed as healthy as he says he is. The risk/reward with picking Da'Quan Bowers at this point in the second round is justifiable because of his extremely high upside as long as he stays healthy. 

There is some discussion that Bowers will require additional knee surgery in four or five years, which would be around the time Bowers is entering his NFL prime. So the question is, will Da'Quan Bowers succeed in the NFL?  

The answer here I think is clear, you always bet on a player who is this good and has something to prove. Bowers will most certainly be looking to dish out some payback to all those teams that passed over him and become a defensive force for the Bucs down in Tampa Bay.

I know I wouldn't want my team to play against him.